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Networking / Re: Selecting wifi-dongle over netbook wifi hardware?
« on: August 17, 2019, 02:45:00 am »
Isn't it selectable in networkmanager ?

Also isn't there a physical switch or key combo to turn off the inbuilt wifi adapter ?

Maybe F9 according to this
page 61 and 88

thanks, I went via network manager, selected the wifi name, went sett'ings wheel' then selected the drop down on 'device' and both were there... thanks, appreciate you taking the time to help with the guidance.. cheers!

Networking / Selecting wifi-dongle over netbook wifi hardware?
« on: August 16, 2019, 04:07:34 am »
Hi, running Peppermint9 on a very happy Samsung N110 and it's working excellent, boot time from off to on internet is 90 seconds. :) (has SSD)

 I thought I'd try a much newer TP-Link USB wifi-dongle to see if the internet connectivity would be improved over the standard card in the N110. (which is 'Wireless: Broadcom 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR' from 2009!?)

I've looked at the 'connection information' and the hardware address for the wifi remains the same so questions is...

how do I change what wifi hardware the netbook uses to see if the TP-Link dongle is quicker?

I hunted around and got to this..
whitestar@whitestar-NC10-N110 ~ $ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0ac8:c326 Z-Star Microelectronics Corp. Namuga 1.3M Webcam
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 2357:0109 
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0a5c:2151 Broadcom Corp. Bluetooth
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

when i remove the dongle...
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 2357:0109 
disappears so that must be it... but where next?

Many thanks for any help! 8)

thanks, i'll give it a  go!


oh man.....You're going to wince....... :o

how do I do that?

(sorry dude.. if it's any consolation I work in a college in Academic Support and spend my working life answering questions like that!)

Networking / networking problems with a Netgear Ethernet Hub EN104TP
« on: March 03, 2019, 02:09:59 pm »
Hi, this is one of those 'why isn't it plug and play?' questions from a rookie.

My intention is to use a hub to have full access between the two PCs and an external "WD MyBook Live" HardDrive

I want to be able to copy and access files from two PCs (I'll call the A and B), both running peppermint 9, using  a Netgear EN104TP Ethernet Hub and with access to the External 'WD MyBook live HDD

On both PCs on the Network Menu page I can see both PC A and PC B with Icons and a third icon that says 'Windows Network'

when i'm on PC A I click on the other PC B Icon I get to a folder labelled 'print$' and nothing else which when I click on it it seems is password protected.

I think I've just worked out that those icons are referring to the devices eing on the home wifi network and not because they are connecting through the ethernet hub.

So that leaves me with  thinking that PC A and PC B are not communicated/connected via the hub at all........

So how do I configure the open-all-access I'm after and any ideas how to get the WD external HDD to appear on the network page?

thanks for any rookie-help :)

cheers, BV.

Software & Applications / Re: Slow boot time (SOLVED)
« on: February 23, 2019, 09:28:37 am »
had same trouble with a HP 6720s...

sorted it out with that code change.... super thanks from me too!!!!!!

Hi All,

long story short, have tried various linux distros (mint, ubuntu, lubuntu, and.... for the ZG8 (and Samsung N110)

I recommend Peppermint 9, as it had the best bluetooth connect success with mini-bluetooth dongle, Got my Bose QuietComfort IIs working fine,

also successfully installed a 120GB SSD and 2 GB Ram, following this YouTube video

made sure I had formatted the SSD first (exFAT) using an external hard drive caddy and formatting from windows disk manager first, and the USB stick install went on great!

on strip down getting to the HDD etc. wasn't too difficult, just make a note of which screws come from where, long/short and one fat one for the HDD plate.

and be careful with the side mouldings which house USB etc. as they have tabs on read hinge screws and middle keyboard edge screws.

also note that one HDD caddy screw goes in after the main plate goes in, had to retake it our again.

End result is a very happy, nippy ZG8, running secure browsers (Chromium/Firefox) and battery life is 20% improved, boot to login is down from 90 to 55 secs.

Use 'Blueman' for Bluetooth Connect, with USB dongle.

Cheers BV.

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